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Retroviral influence on human embryonic development

About eight percent of human DNA is viral: it consists of retroviral genomes produced by infections that occurred many years ago. These endogenous retroviruses are passed from parent to child in our DNA. Some of these viral genomes are activated for a brief time during human embryogenesis, sugge... Read More

TWiV 334: In vino virus

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Human tape worm drug shows promise against MRSA in lab

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- A new study provides evidence from lab experiments that a drug already used in people to fight tapeworms might also prove effective against strains of the superbug MRSA, which kills thousands of people a year in the United States. Read More

Household pets can transmit infections to people

Household pets can transmit infection to people, especially those with weak immune systems, young children, pregnant women and seniors, according to an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Health care providers and pet owners should be aware of this risk to prevent illness in ... Read More

ASM Live in New Orleans 2015 - New Promo Reel! #asm2015 #asmlive

Come join us and be a part of the online audience at ASM Live, the live internet talk show of asm2015 highlighting various sessions and presentations at the 115th Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

Microbiologists from selected talks will sit down and discuss their research in ... Read More

TWiM #102: Happiness is the spore-formers in your gut

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

TWiM 102 Letters

Dave writes:


TWIM Comrades--
I first want to compliment you on one of my most listened to podcasts, and one that I actually know what is being presented most of the time.


Now about the term Talmudic.
Do we need a name that is a legal commentary on th... Read More

An unexpected microbe is killing organ transplant patients

A new study implicates bacteria that normally live in the urinary tract as the cause of death of some lung transplant patients. Read More

Design, engineering and utility of biotic games

First of the three videos related to research article appearing in Lab on a Chip. I. H. Riedel-Kruse et al "Design, Engineering and Utility of Biotic Games". Read the article by clicking "source" above.

From the abstract:

Games are a significant and defining part of human culture, and thei... Read More

Rising antibiotic shortages raise concerns about patient care

Shortages of key antibiotics, including gold-standard therapies and drugs used to treat highly resistant infections, are on the rise, according to a new study of shortages from 2001 to 2013 published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. The trends raise serious concerns about th... Read More

Ethiopia: Society to Advance Microbiological Sciences

The Ethiopian Society for Microbiology (ESM) has pledged that it would put relentless efforts in advancing microbiological sciences through conducting various scientific researches on molecular science and microbiology Read More

First case of rabies in over a decade: Lessons for healthcare personnel

A team of French clinicians has diagnosed the first case of rabies in that country since 2003. Only 20 cases of human rabies had been diagnosed in France between 1970 and 2003. Moreover, the patient was unaware of having been bitten. So it is not surprising that that diagnosis was not suggested ... Read More

Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Though western diets and modern-day hygiene have wiped a few dozen species right out of our digestive tracts, "it's not clear if more diversity in the microbiome is healthier." -- M. Gloria Dominguez-Bello, New York University School of Medicine. Read More

‘VELCROED’ NANOPARTICLES TARGET HIV AND CANCER

University at Buffalo researchers have discovered a way to easily and effectively fasten proteins to nanoparticles by simply mixing them together. The biotechnology model is described in the journal Nature Chemistry. Read More

UW researcher outlines effectiveness of new Ebola vaccine

The University of Wisconsin researcher who’s worked to develop a vaccine for Ebola said Monday that the vaccine has shown promising results and could even enter the clinical trial phrase in two years. Read More

Describing a viral quasispecies

Virus populations do not consist of a single member with a defined nucleic acid sequence, but are dynamic distributions of nonidentical but related members called a quasispecies (illustrated at left). While next-generation sequencing methods have the capability of describing a quasispecies, the ... Read More

Immune cells support good gut bacteria in fight against harmful bacteria

An immune cell protein, ID2, is critical for the maintenance of healthy gut microbiota and helps these good bacteria fight off harmful bacteria, report scientists from the University of Chicago. The study, published in Immunity on April 21, suggests that novel therapeutics or microbiota transpla... Read More

Bacterial 'memory' targets invading viruses

One of the immune system's most critical challenges is to differentiate between itself and foreign invaders -- and the number of recognized autoimmune diseases, in which the body attacks itself, is on the rise. But humans are not the only organisms contending with "friendly fire." Read More

TWiP 87: Stumped by pinworm

Vincent, Dickson, and Daniel review new insight into antigenic variation in trypanosomes, reveal the difficult solution to the last case study, and  present another mystery for your solving.


Hosts:  Read More

TWiP 87 letters

 


Jan writes:


Hello doctors,


This was indeed not easy to Google; one of my attempts even had a dr oz page as one of search results. Clearly a dead end. However with some persistence I came up with Entamoeba Histolytica.
As for clean water; I ... Read More

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